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Google faces immense competition in the streaming space, but even so, the company's Chromecast dongle has two things going for it. The first is price. At just $35 -- and sometimes cheaper if there's a promotion or sale taking place -- Chromecast is one of the most affordable ways to upgrade your home or dorm room entertainment scheme with... Read more...
Amid growing fears of security threats to online services, one that is often overlooked is flat-out burglary, which is the old-fashioned way of getting hacked. Movie streaming service Vudu revealed that its offices were burglarized on March 24th, and thieves made off with hard drives, among other things. According to an FAQ that Vudu posted... Read more...
Western Digital is no stranger to the media streaming universe, and this week it's investing in that universe once more with a new set-top box. The new WD TV Play is priced to rival the low-cost Roku box, with a $69.99 MSRP providing a fairly stout amount of functionality. There's built-in Wi-Fi, of course, and... Read more...
Sad days for Blockbuster. The once mighty video rental chain has fallen on hard times in a world where Netflix, VUDU and other video streaming services are proving more affordable and convenient. There was, however, a glimmer of hope. Charlie Ergen had planned to have Dish Network acquire Blockbuster from bankruptcy in April of 2011, and then... Read more...
The Walmart-owned VUDU movie rental service is making big strides in the home entertainment realm, as they've just launched on Xbox 360. That's a super major platform to launch on, no doubt. Xbox LIVE customers can now shop VUDU's library using new, interactive features such as voice search, voice control and Kinect gesture commands to rent... Read more...
VUDU has remained one of the only movie streaming services that deliver true 1080p material. The vast majority of them peak at 720p, but VUDU XL is 1080p. And proud of it. But even VUDU knows that the web is the future, and if you aren't streaming through a browser, you're missing out on a major chunk of the market. The company has this week... Read more...
It's a new year, and that means new things for the Boxee Box. Boxee Box owners have been wishing and waiting for Netflix support ever since it went on sale in November of last year, and now the team is providing an official update. Unfortunately, neither Netflix nor VUDU apps were available for the holidays. But there was plenty of other things... Read more...
Does the world really need another content portal? There's already cable TV, Netflix, Hulu, VUDU and Boxee. And now this? Why, sure! There's never enough when it comes to alternative content viewing options, and now DivX TV is coming to select LG products. DivX TV is Sonic Solutions' new comprehensive entertainment service that enables retailers... Read more...
Netflix may be the dominant provider of streaming content these days, with Hulu close behind in terms of mind share. But when it comes strictly to movie rentals (streaming ones, anyway), VUDU has been in the business as long as anyone. The company started out by providing their own hardware boxes, but quickly diverted... Read more...
Sony always said that the PlayStation 3 did games, movies, Blu-ray, streaming, online matchups, and well, everything else. And now that's coming true. Sony's PS3 has grown into a multi-media powerhouse over the past year, gaining Netflix support (and then removing the need for a disc to be inserted), gaining Hulu Plus support and now, gaining... Read more...
VUDU. Does that name ring a bell? If you have been paying attention to the media streaming world the past few years, it might. The company began by offering a set-top box solution, much like Roku has recently. The box was only for movie rentals and purchases, though, so no other outside streaming from places like Hulu. Since it was so limited... Read more...
We used to say that ViewSonic was seen primarily as a monitor company, but now, we aren't so sure. The company has expanded mightily over the years, offering a wide variety of consumer electronics devices ranging from portable media players to e-reader devices to a new living room set-top box. The new NexTV VMP75 is entering a market that's... Read more...
VUDU has been around for years. They were actually one of the first movie-streaming companies to emerge in the last decade, but they never seemed to gather a huge amount of support. Netflix already had a ton of buzz surrounding them, so when they decided to add a streaming option to complement the by-mail service... Read more...
Apple has long maintained that its Apple TV product was nothing more than "a hobby," so it makes sense to think that it has seen the fewest amount of updates when looking at its array of non-computer devices. The firm's Mac lineup and iPod/iPhone lineup gets refreshed at least once per year, while the Apple TV sees a firmware update maybe... Read more...
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